William McIlvane, Ph.D.

William McIlvane, Ph.D.Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
Director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC)
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dr. McIlvane directs a multi-focus research program that addresses a variety of scientific problems relevant to understanding neurodevelopmental disabilities. One focus area is in the development of methods to encourage faster learning of symbolic behaviors. A second focus is to adapt behavioral neuroscience methods to further understand brain processes involved in symbolic behavior. A third is to develop nonverbal neuropsychological testing methods for use with individuals who do not understand verbal instructions.  Dr. McIlvane’s program has a strong research-to-practice emphasis, and methods emerging from his research have been used to teach practical skills in both the United States and Brazil.

Dr. McIlvane has a B.A. from New York University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.  He has held a number of prestigious appointments at the state and national levels, including service on the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Intellectual Disability (1997-2004), and President-Elect, Division 25, for the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives (2000). Grant-funded projects include Studies in Stimulus Control in Mental Retardation (PI, NIH), Translational Studies of Neurobehavioral Effects of Mercury (Co-PI, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences), and Tests of Attention and Memory in Individuals with Intellectual Limitations (PI, NIH). He is on the Board of Editors of Mental Retardation Developmental Disabilities Research Review and is an Associate Editor of International Review of Research in Mental Retardation